Gardai have held a briefing today in advance of the Pope’s visit to Ireland next month.
Pope Francis will visit Knock Shrine on Sunday August 26th.
Gardai say road closures will be in place from 6pm on Saturday evening
From 6pm on Saturday the centre of Knock Village will be closed (except to residents). The N17 between Charlestown and Claremorris will be closed from 12 midnight on Saturday until at least 3pm on Sunday.
For those who live and work near Knock, a business and community liaison team is in place to handle queries, working closely with Claremorris Garda Station.
Gardai are asking people to use a private coach or carpool to and from the event, join a parish or community coach group or carpool where possible, as car park spaces are limited and may be some walking distance from the Shrine.
Coaches have a designated parking area on the N17. This will result in the shortest distance to walk to and from the Knock Shrine via a short walkway.
There is a considerable walk from the car parks due to the size, scale and location of the event and there will be no shuttle bus facility available between car parks and the event site. If cars are necessary, carpooling and car sharing is essential.
Iarnród Éireann and Bus Éireann will be providing public transport for this event. A bus shuttle service will operate from Claremorris train station to take people to Knock Shrine. For those who have a ticket for the event, the bus shuttle service will be free.
No public viewing opportunities will be available at Knock Airport.
It will not be possible for the public to view Pope Francis arriving or departing due to security limitations.
Those flying into and out of Ireland West Airport Knock on Sunday will have some access with strict limitations. Only those named on airline passenger lists and those transporting named passengers will be able to access the airport between 12 midnight on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday.
Outbound passengers in particular are advised to allow more travel time than usual as there will be a number of security checks on airport access routes.
Information updated on a regular basis on www.gov.ie/popeinireland, which will direct you to all the main information website pages.